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Meet Jacques Pepin in San Francisco

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Essential Pepin

Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Though you can see him whenever you please in how-to videos on foodandwine.com, it's not every day that you get to meet Jacques Pépin. Today, San Franciscans had that opportunity at Ominvore Books, where the French master chef chatted about his new book, Essential Pepin. Those seeking digital instruction at home can try his inventive Chicken Bouillabaisse, inspired by the tomatoey-fennel flavors of the traditional seafood stew, but filled with chicken, kielbasa and potatoes.

Related: More Recipes from Jacques Pépin
French Main Courses
Dishes from the French Masters

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Babbo’s First Lunch

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Chicken Thighs

© Lucy Schaeffer / Chicken Thighs

For the first time in its 14 years of existence, Mario Batali’s Babbo opened for lunch today. Dinnertime reservations are notoriously hard to secure at the New York restaurant, which, according the menu obtained by Eater, served Turkey Porchetta and Orecchiette with Stinging Nettles and Salami this afternoon, along with a $49 four-course prix fixe —$20 less than the cheapest tasting served in the evenings. While the new daytime hours will make it easier and more affordable to try Babbo, this recipe for crispy Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Crumbs and Snap Peas is the fastest and cheapest way to taste Batali's food. Anchovy fillets mixed into the bread crumbs adds a salty, complex flavor to the quick-cooking dish.

Related: More Great Dishes from Mario Batali
Great Grilled Chicken Recipes
Anchovy Recipes

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Ana Sortun's Chicken Shawarma for the Boston Marathon

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Chicken Shawarma

© Kana Okada / Chicken Shawarma

Today's record heat in the Northeast made the Boston Marathon—held annually on Patriot's Day—especially grueling. While last year’s winner was the fastest in history, this year’s victor, Wesley Korir, finished the 26.2 miles with the second slowest time since 1985. Residents who have the day off, however, are surely enjoying the nice weather the area's great restaurants like Ana Sortun's Middle Eastern takeout spot Sofra in Cambridge. Her Chicken Shawarma with Green Beans and Zucchini would make a terrific healthy meal for anyone recovering from exercise or just a case of the hot Mondays.

Related: More Recipes from Boston Chefs
Middle Eastern Dishes
Healthy Sandwiches

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Ward Away Bad Luck (and Hunger) with Wings

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Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings

© Andrew Purcell / Chicken Wings

Today is Friday the 13th, a day so feared that it inspired a franchise of horror movies. As luck would have it, there’s a household product that's often used as a defense against bad mojo: salt. Westerners throw it over their left shoulders to cast into the eye of the devil. It can balance a home’s chi according to the practice of Feng Shui. And Wiccans arrange salt in a circle to protect themselves from bad spirits. As long as you’re getting out the salt, why not make something delicious with it? F&W’s Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings get a crispy coating from coarse salt and a blend of black and white pepper. Though we can’t promise that the mineral will definitely bring good luck, these wings are really delicious.

Related: More Chicken Wing Recipes
Salty Dishes
Fantastic Chicken Recipes

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Chork-Ready Chicken Stir-Fry

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Chicken Stir-Fry

© Quentin Bacon / Chicken Stir-Fry

Chopsticks or a fork? It’s a question that plagues the Asian food-loving Western world. Sushi is easy to grasp with chopsticks, but dumplings can be awkward and slippery. While using a fork may make you feel inexperienced, it's not as embarrassing as this new invention. Introducing the Chork: a set of chopsticks that can be flipped to become an elongated fork when you chicken out in front of a bowl of silky noodles or the last bits of rice. It doesn't matter what utensil you choose for this delectable Smoky-Hot Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry. Hey, the crispy, chile-spiked chicken will even taste good out of a spoon.

Related: Delicious Asian Dishes
Fast Asian Recipes
Fantastic Stir-Fry Recipes

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Seattle's Foodie Roots

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

© Richard Gerhard Jung / Chicken with Olives

Recently ranked number one in Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Cities for Hipsters, Seattle is also one of the best cities for food lovers (see: coffee culture, doughnuts, Best New Chefs). But it hasn't always been that way. Seattle Magazine traces the city's obsession with food back to the 1962 World's Fair. Not only did the fair give the city its iconic Space Needle, but it also introduced Seattle to global cuisine, showcased foods of the Pacific Northwest and paved the way for today's terrific Seattle chefs such as Lark's Jonathan Sundstrom, who created this terrific recipe for Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Preserved Lemon.

Related: Mediterranean Dishes
Great Chicken Recipes
America's Healthiest Cities

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Better-than-Ballpark Chicken Sausage

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Chicken Sausage

© Antonis Achilleos / Chicken Sausage

Baseball season has officially begun with today's openers including the Phillies vs. the Florida Marlins at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park and the Colorado Rockies playing the San Francisco Giants on Coors Field in Denver. While ballpark food is improving (see Shake Shack at the Mets' Citi Field), one of the few benefits of watching a game at home is being able to eat whatever you want without stadium mark-ups. These Provençal-style chicken sausages are stuffed with pork fat, garlic and herbs for a superb take on the usual encased meat. They can even be made ahead to prep for Yankee Stadium's first game on Friday.

Related: More Delicious Sausage Recipes
Innovative-Game-Day-Snacks
Provençal Dishes

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Nicolas Sarkozy Prefers Poultry

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Chicken Fricassee

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Fricassee

In an interview with French presidential chef, Bernard Vaussion, the AFP got an inside scoop on the eating habits of Nicolas Sarkozy as well as previous heads of state. Former President Jacques Chirac “loved lamb in all its forms” and foie gras. While Sarkozy has not overturned the absurd rule leftover from Chirac's wife that no women get hired in the kitchens, the health-conscious president has done away with the tradition of serving cheese after meals and prefers "light, balanced meals and poultry to red meat." This Lemony Chicken Fricassee with Shallots and Morels is definitely Sarkozy-friendly. Instead of a rich white stew, F&W's version is simply crisped in butter and finished with lemon for a lighter, seasonal take on the classic dish.

Related: Healthy French Recipes
Delicious Light Stews
Fresh Spring Produce

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Fried Chicken Battle: David Chang vs. Questlove

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

© Tina Rupp / Buttermilk Fried Chicken

In a fried chicken battle for the ages on April 12, Roots drummer and founder of the drumstick-slinging catering company Quest Loves Food, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, will face off against Momofuku chef David Chang on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Eater reports that the stakes include a Quest Loves Chicken spread in Chang's artsy food mag Lucky Peach and a spot for his fried chicken on Momofuku’s menu if Questlove wins. If Chang wins for the highbrow fried chicken he serves to groups at Momofuku, ?uest will don a chicken suit during his late-night gig on Fallon. A recent inductee into F&W’s Hungry Crowd, ?uestlove happened to DJ the 2012 Best New Chef party on Tuesday night when we were able to sample his hefty, well-seasoned and fried drumsticks. Though not ones to take sides, let’s just say the supertalented pro Chang isn't necessarily a sure bet. Either way, F&W’s Grace Parisi could show Chang and ?uestlove a thing or two with her Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a classic Southern-style recipe that she has perfected.

Related: Delicious Fried Chicken Recipes
Best Fried Chicken in the U.S.
Great Chicken Drumstick Recipes

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Chicken Gumbo for the March Madness Champions

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Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

© Amanda Marsalis / Chicken Gumbo

Last night, March Madness over college basketball concluded with the University of Kentucky Wildcats triumphing over the University of Kansas Jayhawks in New Orleans. Since both teams arrived on Saturday, NCAA coaches and players have been enjoying NOLA’s amazing food—the coaches even got to hobnob with chef John Besh at a Taste of New Orleans event. Fans should consider celebrating with Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo. The recipe comes from Kentucky chef Amber Huffman, but even Kansas supporters can appreciate the Creole flavors.

Related: Great Cajun & Creole Recipes
Innovative Game Day Snacks
New Orleans Cocktails

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